Ripping reading – see what makes the MacBook Pro 13 Touch Bar and the Google Pixel 3a tick – the iFixit teardown way.
We love a good iFixit teardown. It appeals to the inner nerd and often reveals secrets that marketing hype oftern overlooks – or does not want looked at, at all.
iFixit Teardown – Apple MacBook Pro 13 Touch Bar 2019 – RIP function keys
iFixit says it’s a mix of old and new like the Curate’s Egg
(a thing that is partly good and partly bad). The design now dictates a
soldered SSD (bad – no upgrades) modular twin Thunderbolt 3 ports (good),
smaller speaker and heatsink (bad) and a T2 security chip (good).
Oh, and one other bad thing – it still uses the infamous
butterfly keyboard gen 3 that is already on Apple’s Keyboard Service Program.
That alone is enough incentive to put off a purchase until Apple goes back to a
standard scissor style chiclet keyboard that is reliable.
GadgetGuy gave it a very respectable 4.3-out-of-5 in its review here saying, “The Pixel 3a and 3a XL were no surprise. Both are basically a Pixel 3/XL (GadgetGuy review here) with a slower Qualcomm SD670 processor (was SD845) and the same camera sans the Pixel Visual Core (the SD670 does this). There are a few other changes, but a Pixel is a Pixel and deserves consideration as such.”
iFixit confirmed a few interesting things.
The display is Samsung AMOLED, not LG pOLED as
used in the Pixel 3/XL
The battery is slightly larger at 11.55W and uses
a more efficient Qualcomm SD670 SoC
Pixel breaks the rules, yet no one cares – no QI,
polycarbonate everywhere, larger bezels, no micro-SD support (but Google Photo
storage) and no IP rating
And still one of the best cameras in the
business – 12.2 MP, ƒ/1.8, OIS main camera with DPAF
It rates 6-out-of-10 for repairability, but its Dragontrail glass is not as shatter resistant as Gorilla Glass.